Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Smashbox cheeks featuring Halo Long Wear Blush, Highlighting Wand, Soft Lights Prism blush, Bronze Lights Bronzer

Ooh I've been getting busy with some Smashbox products recently and have been loving my skin and my cheeks in particular thanks to these guys!  Before the snow this week, I'd felt that spring and sprung but I live in hope that it'll return soon.  It had better!  For me, spring is all about being fresh faced and having gorgeous skin that looks healthy and glowing.  These do that.  Simple as.

I've been really lucky and have been given these over the past few months and rather than me just say they're fantastic, which they are, I wanted to show them all to you in action.  So let's get up close and personal shall we?  Please direct your eyeballs to the photo below.

On the top left we have the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder (€49) which is simply gorgeous.  I first got my paws on this before Christmas and it was love at first swatch.  We're talking about a powder that gives a luminescence to the skin with no obvious glitter or shimmer.  It has skin care built in to it and thanks to the formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide, it has anti-aging benefits.  Make up that will make me look younger?  Get on my face.  Seriously, this hasn't been off my face since Christmas and I use it almost every day.   

Top right is the Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow (€29) and like the Halo Hydrating Powder, this comes with one of those twisty shaving contraptions that is very satisfying to use.  No idea why.  A little goes a long way with this, so shave carefully my dears.  Warm glow gives exactly that, a glow wot is warm.  It's gorgeous and I love it.

The Soft Lights blush in the shade Prism (€29) is on the bottom left and really does live up to it's "lit from within" claim as you'll see below.  It's a blue toned pink which illuminates the skin while adding colour to the cheeks.  Finally on the bottom right is a small sized Bronze Lights bronzer in Suntan Matte.  I got this in a set over in Sephora and have only started using it over the past month.  It's a matte bronzer that's perfect for contouring.

Finally we have the Halo Highlighting Wand (€32) that should really be called a magic wand because it works wonders!  I think it's quite possibly my favourite highlighter ever and you'll see why below.  It's one of those clicky pen doo-daas that dispenses the product out, allowing you to dot it wherever you need and get blending and highlighting your visage.  I love that it's a cream product as it looks more natural on the skin and it doesn't sit in my fine lines.  I use it on my cheekbones, brow bone and cupid's bow.

Time for close up swatches.

L-R: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, Soft Lights Prism blush, Bronze Lights Bronzer Suntan Matte, Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow, Halo Highlighting Wand Gold

Now it's time to get busy and show you everything in action.  I've already started with foundation and a dusting of the Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder.

I've never had a fan brush until now and since getting it, I've been using it every day.  This one is €16.50 and has made itself the centre of my brush collection over the past few months!  First up we're using the Bronze Lights Bronzer and using the fan brush sideways to contour in an aul cheekbone.  Once you're happy with the level of colour on said cheekbone, use the fan brush flat and sweep it up and down to blend the line in, giving you a a grand contoured cheekbone.

Next it's time for the Soft Lights Prism blush and you can really see how illuminating it really is.  I sweep this along the apples of my cheeks and bring it upwards with the brush and this takes all of about 20 seconds.  Time for the Halo Highlighting Wand which I use along the cheekbones and on the brow bone to give even more light to my face.  I'm telling you, if your skin looks any way dull at the moment, this wand will brighten up your face in no time!  Love it.  And that's cheek one done!

Cheek two shows the Halo Long Wear Blush in Warm Glow swept up along the cheekbones and you can see how pigmented it is.  Always start with a little amount and work your way up with your blush, unless you're going for the Aunt Sally look.  I couldn't help myself, I needed to use the Halo Highlighting Wand again to show you the finish.  

Get yourself into Arnotts to the Smashbox counter to see these guys in the flesh.  They are all truly beautiful and what better time than spring to get yourself some pretty, glowy, luminescent cheeks!



  1. Looks great, would have loved to have seen a full face shot before and after :)

  2. Ooh - these look nice! I love Smashbox blushers - I purchased one of their limited edition ones last year when it was on sale and was so sad when I used it all up!

  3. Love the look of the Smashbox blushers!

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  5. These look beautiful! I'd love to try that Smashbox powder, but I have super greasy skin anyway, so I'm a bit concerned at how it would look on me. The blusher is a beautiful colour.

    Sara at BelfastBeautyLove xx

  6. What shade of the liquid Halo POwder do you have? :)


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